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B.C. pool reopens after major chlorine leak

03/23/2012 04:52 EDT | Updated 05/23/2012 05:12 EDT

The municipal pool in Williams Lake, B.C, reopened Friday, after it was shut down in February because of a chlorine leak that sent 70 children and adults to hospital.

The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex has been closed since Feb. 26, when the pool's automated chlorine dispenser system failed, and swimmers reported seeing orange liquid pump into the pool.

Many of the children in the pool when it was evacuated were members of the Blue Fins Swim Club. The club's president Dale Taylor says since the pool closure, swimmers have been travelling 100 km away to use the pool in Quesnel.

"They are super excited about it. You know, you get your pool back. You get your familiar surrounds back and you don't have to travel a long ways. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting, and knowing it's going to be open right away, sooner than we expected, I suppose, is great news. We love that," said Taylor.

Taylor said some of the young swimmers have said they are nervous about returning to the pool after the chlorine incident.

He says the team will meet with a counsellor to talk about any concerns before getting in the water on Monday.

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